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Columbia’s Multidisciplinary Digital Centers:. Mary Giunta Columbia University Libraries ASERL Annual Meeting November 19, 2008. Information Commons at Columbia University Libraries. University Librarian’s vision - information commons for: Social Sciences History & Humanities

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columbia s multidisciplinary digital centers

Columbia’s Multidisciplinary Digital Centers:

Mary Giunta

Columbia University Libraries

ASERL Annual Meeting

November 19, 2008

information commons at columbia university libraries
Information Commons at Columbia University Libraries
  • University Librarian’s vision - information commons for:
    • Social Sciences
    • History & Humanities
    • Sciences & Engineering
why three digital centers
Why Three Digital Centers?
  • CU Libraries organization
  • Library expertise
  • Space
  • Existing services, such as
    • Electronic Data Service
    • Electronic Text Service
  • More fully incorporate reference / research services
lehman social sciences library
Lehman Social Sciences Library
  • Collection supports:
    • Anthropology, political science, sociology, international and public affairs, environmental policy, journalism, political geography
  • US Government documents
  • Map collection
  • Electronic Data Service
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Lehman Social Sciences Library
  • Renovation – planning begun in 2006
  • Summer 2007 two rooms renovated
    • Quiet study w/ laptops
    • Group Study
  • Summer 2008 – Digital Social Science Center
digital social sciences center
Digital Social Sciences Center
  • Lehman Social Sciences Library
  • Expand from existing services:
    • Electronic Data Service
    • Lehman reference service
  • Support advanced research in the social sciences
  • Serve graduate students, upper level undergraduates and faculty
electronic data service
Electronic Data Service
  • Joint venture between the Libraries and Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT)
  • Established in 1992
  • EDS model for DSSC
    • Staffing / service
    • Equipment
    • Software
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Electronic Data Service
  • Supports instruction and research that involve numeric and geo-spatial data resources.
  • Staff provide support in the use of data with statistical and GIS applications
  • Service staffed by Libraries and CUIT
  • High-end computers for processing large data sets
  • Equipment supplied and maintained by CUIT
  • East Reading Room over 5000 square feet
  • CUIT lab in this space already
  • Electronic Data Service directly below with a connecting staircase
  • Reference offices adjacent
  • Good lighting
project plan
Project Plan
  • Program team assembled
  • Included various stakeholders
    • Libraries
    • CUIT
  • Finalize physical, equipment & staffing designs
  • Student survey
  • Focus groups
  • Faculty interviews
  • Lehman reference staff discussion
assessment what we learned
Assessment: what we learned
  • More group study space
  • Scanning & printing are important
  • Presentation practice space
  • Quantitative data analysis software
  • Bibliographic software
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Assessment: what we learned
  • Need to market our services better
  • Students go to peers and faculty for research & technology help before librarians
  • Faculty not expecting students to use very sophisticated technology for assignments
assessment how we applied results
Assessment: how we applied results
  • Added presentation practice rooms
  • Added more scanners
  • Moved color printer into CUIT / DSSC space
  • Decided to place the information / reference desk in the consultation room
  • LCD panels with group study tables in DSSC
  • Developing marketing strategies
dssc objectives
DSSC Objectives
  • Flexible workspaces, furnishings, diverse software, and high-end equipment to support collaborative group study and research in the Social Sciences
  • Visible and easy access to professional staff who can assist users with research and technical support questions
  • Space, equipment, and software to support presentation practice
  • Integrate DSSC into the services and equipment now offered by Electronic Data Service and CUIT lab.
  • Renovation
    • Construction
    • Furniture
  • Equipment
  • Staff
  • Moved to offsite storage
    • Government documents
    • Microfilm collection
  • Refurbished space
  • 22 Spatial/Numeric Data Stations
  • 4 Scanners
  • 4 Video Editing Stations (CUIT lab)
  • Collaborative Design
  • Multiple chairs per desk
  • Convenient electrical access
  • Convenient network access
presentation practice rooms
Presentation Practice Rooms
  • Created two rooms
  • Equipped one to start
  • Student feedback
consultation room
Consultation Room
  • Converted office space into a consultation room
  • Opened up with a glass wall
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Consultation room
  • Staffed
    • Monday-Thursday 11am-6pm
    • Friday 11am-5pm
  • Support staff
    • Provide basic information assistance
    • Walkie-talkie to call librarian
  • Librarians
services staffing
Services & Staffing
  • Building on EDS model of service
    • Incorporating reference services
    • Staff visible
    • Staff with different expertise available
      • Librarians
      • CUIT staff
      • Library support staff
      • Graduate students
  • Reassigning and retraining staff
dssc eds cuit lab
  • DSSC, EDS and the CUIT lab seamless service
  • EDS will continue to be the starting place for in depth assistance for numeric and geo-spatial data use
  • Experienced users can move into DSSC
  • EDS will also serve as our sandbox for testing new technology and applications
  • As new technology becomes integrated into our services will move into DSSC
dssc program
DSSC Program
  • Reference /Research Services
  • Consultations
  • Training & Workshops
  • DSSC Webpage
  • Marketing Services
  • Ongoing assessment
digital humanities center dhc
Digital Humanities Center (DHC)
  • Butler Library
  • Expand from existing services:
    • Electronic Text Service
    • Butler Media Center
  • Support advanced research in history & humanities
  • Serve graduate students, upper level undergraduates and faculty
  • Primary support for digital formats:
    • Text
    • Still image
    • Moving image
    • Sound
  • Secondary support for:
    • Numeric & spatial data
  • Closer integration of content and technology
  • Single service point for DHC technical support and H&H reference service
  • Coordinate with subject librarians from Music, Area Studies, RBML, Avery & Starr East Asian
  • Collaboration with CCNMTL and CDRS
  • Writing Center consultants
dhc planning
DHC Planning
  • Assessment
  • Detailed estimate of equipment costs
  • Series of talks to highlight types of work users of DHC might expect to do
  • Discussions with Film Division
  • Identify & implement elements that can currently be introduced at the ETS
digital science center
Digital Science Center
  • New interdisciplinary science building under construction.
  • Opening Fall 2010
  • Will include a consolidated science library with the Digital Science Center
consolidated science library
Consolidated Science Library
  • Consolidating collections & services for:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Psychology
  • Small paper collection will remain onsite
    • Classics in the fields
    • Greatly reduced print reference collections from 4 libraries
    • Select core journals (current)
  • Everything else to be moved to offsite storage
digital science center1
Digital Science Center
  • Central service point for science research
  • More interdisciplinary approach
  • Closer integration of content and technology
  • Need to better promote electronic resources
  • Develop instruction program
  • Combining reference services with support for various technologies and applications
  • Bringing specialists together to a combined service point.
  • Target users:
    • graduate students and upper level undergraduates
    • Groups or individuals requiring assistance from subject & technology specialists
  • Coordinating group to plan more fully integrated services across the three digital centers.
  • Strengthen individual components by having a common outlook.
  • Flexibility among
    • services: various roles / expertise
    • space configurations
  • Shared idea of service